Understanding Psychology

Chapter 14: Theories of Personality

Web Activity Lesson Plans

"Freud Unplugged"

Students have read about psychoanalysis and the theories of Sigmund Freud. In this exercise, students will research Freud's life and writings by visiting an online exhibit and reading more in depth articles about his theories.

Lesson Description
Students will use information from these Web sites to study the life of Freud and the events surrounding his theories. Students will read portions of Freud's writings, quotes of others regarding his work, and descriptions about the worldwide events that could have influenced his writings. The site is filled with pictures of his family and contemporaries, and students may also listen to a BBC recording of Freud made shortly before his death. Students will then apply this information by drawing a cartoon that illustrates Freud's view of human nature.

Instructional Objectives
  1. Students will be able to describe the development of the psychoanalytical theory of personality and Freud's view of human nature.
  2. Students will be able to use this knowledge to draw a cartoon illustrating Freud's concept of human nature.
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